Saturday, February 6, 2010

Around the World: Great Britain

The Derby is a modern rear unload double horse trailer with 7’ headroom. Its exceptionally low unladen weight makes it suitable for use behind larger saloon cars. The maximum gross weight is 1700kg but this can be reduced as required if used with only one horse. If the total weight of car trailer and load is less than 3500kg it can be used with the new standard car driver’s license.
The trailer is fitted with a large front window similar to the Deauville to be able to see the horses during transport and a rot proof plastic and galvanised steel floor for total security.
Standard equipment comprises centre division, full front bar and half rear bars, internal spare wheel, rear door top cover, coupling mirror and hitch lock.


The Deauville is our most popular front unload horse trailer, with a generous 7’ 3" headroom allowing horses up to 17 hands to be transported. The centrally hinged division is very easy to operate and allows plenty of space for entry and exit. The Deauville has a double internal saddle rack and cover that can remain in place during unloading. The larger front window incorporating a coupling mirror, combined with the white interior gives a very light and airy environment and allows a view of the horse during transit.

The trailer has a plastic and galvanised steel floor for total security with two 18mm thick, removable rubber stall mats. Full width front and rear bars are available for use with the division removed. The grooms door can be fitted with an extra security bolt if a mare and foal are to be transported.
The standard rear ramp has a steel top door that lifts on gas struts; alternatively the trailer is available with the ‘Boston’ option of American doors with two hinged ventilator flaps and short pull out ramp.


The Ascot horse trailer has a similar capacity to the Deauville, but has a lockable saddle cupboard inside the front with bridle hooks and a lift out tray. It has a very smart and distinctive appearance with the aerodynamic nose cone and stylish mudguards incorporating triple rear lamps.

The floor is rot proof, plastic and galvanised steel with 18mm thick removable stall mats
This top of the range model is also available with either a ramp door or optional ‘Boston’ doors similar to the Deauville.

From $4,857 to $6,396


These trailers look very much like the Brenderup trailers that we can buy in the United States.  Brenderup trailers were designed in Denmark and the chassis still come from there.  The remaining parts of the trailers are made in Texas.

Brenderup trailer:

I have mixed feelings about these fiberglass/resin core trailers. They really seem to hold their value, but I don't agree.  Here are a couple of photos of one that I found on a trip.  This is what they look like after 10+ years.
This one was parked because it was falling apart - it looks even worse with all the mold etc on it.


  1. I disagree...I have a 1989 or so model is holding up GREAT..the only "bad" look to it is the paint is peeling..and that is only cause the original owner painted OVER the original paint, and did not prep it now it is coming off in patches..(which is what I thus named the trailer :) I call it my "anti theft" device, cause the trailer is totally sound, but "looks" old and warn, so no one would want to steal it)...and that was the "old" style Brenderups that were mostly plywood with fiberglass they have some kind of super duper composite plastic walls that won't have issues... Not sure WHAT the ppl did to that poor trailer in the post, but that is not 'normal' for these trailers... I LOVE my BU and it hauls SO nicely, most any horse will get in it, have had it in high winds with no issues (someone once told me they'd blow over hauling in winds), and unless I need to ever transport more than 2hs, will always stick with this trailer brand... LUV it... you can see a few pics of it on my blog... and this is living in a VERY wet and DAMP environment, no cover, and practically no cleaning on the outside (ja, I am lazy and maybe power wash it once every summer, and have only open places to park it too...:(...)

  2. Well. These look like very cute trailers. Kind of neat actually. But looking at that last picture, they don't seem to age very well BUT then the above comment defends them soooo lol Its just these things look so bloody tiny!!!

    Yawn* I'm over tired. Do I have a picture for you. My friend actually got her truck and trailer stuck in a massive ditch today. Good thing her horse is a pro trailerer. Unloaded no prob although rather slanted lol... No one was hurt. Got unstuck and no further incident. Post coming soon with pics ;)

  3. Well, it depends on how many care a trailer receives. A friend of mine owns a fiberglass (or, as we call it here in Germany, "Poly") Boeckmann-Trailer, a fairly ancient one, from 1989 I think. Sure, doesn`t look new anymore, but it is in a fairly good shape, considering it`s age.

  4. Don't know about the other trailer, but the Brenderups are HUGE...they are built for Warmbloods, so both tall and wide...I have WIDDLE TINY horses (ok, for most ppl that is...I think they are normal and a great size!) My 14hd QH/Morgan mare looks so small in it...with the ramp up, I can BARELY see her ear tips over the top...I have found even reluctant horses get in fine (once they get used to the idea of a ramp instead of a step in) as it is big, open, light inside :) No comparison to the 2-horse "cowboy" trailers you see so often...though I see some companies are finally making nicer, more open and big 2hs straight loads (Sundowner has a really nice one!), but they are still way heavier than a European-style one :)

    can't wait for the ditch pics...yikes! I am always afraid of that going down this one very narrow access road to a trailhead with my friend...she has a bigger 3-hs trailer and when we have another car coming at us, she has to get REALLY close to the ditch on the side...I always wonder what would happen if she misjudged the distance :(